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Official US Navy Tiara


Bob Hudson

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Well I now own the tiara

 

Fess up...you spent a good ten minutes sporting that thing in front of a mirror...

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Bob Hudson
Fess up...you spent a good ten minutes sporting that thing in front of a mirror...

 

My wife did.....

 

We've since sold it to someone who had an urgent need for it and asked for express shipping.

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Certainly not a very practical item, but it's nice to see something with that kind of embroidery work in this day and age.

 

Which reminds me, Dave (you know about all the obscure stuff) or anyone who knows: I think the embroidered combination cap device is still authorized, but are there any die-hards or individualists who still wear one?

 

Thanks,

Justin B.

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Certainly not a very practical item, but it's nice to see something with that kind of embroidery work in this day and age.

 

Which reminds me, Dave (you know about all the obscure stuff) or anyone who knows: I think the embroidered combination cap device is still authorized, but are there any die-hards or individualists who still wear one?

 

Thanks,

Justin B.

 

I used to wear an embroidered hat device, but I wasn't really pleased with how it looked after a while. I did have a really nice "minty" WW2 one that I had on the hat I never wore, but I sold it and the hat when I got out of the Navy.

 

I was happier wearing a heavy sterling and gold WW2 vintage hat device...that was good enough to warrant quite a bit of attention.

 

Dave

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I was happier wearing a heavy sterling and gold WW2 vintage hat device...that was good enough to warrant quite a bit of attention.

 

Dave

 

I bet that cover never got out of your sight.

 

My brother-in-law's mounted medals were stolen from his dress blue jacket as it hung in the wardroom of his ship. Never recovered.

 

 

Thieves abound in today's navy.

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I bet that cover never got out of your sight.

 

My brother-in-law's mounted medals were stolen from his dress blue jacket as it hung in the wardroom of his ship. Never recovered.

Thieves abound in today's navy.

 

No, I was on a small enough ship where people typically didn't do that. I did have a carpet stolen on the way back from the Gulf one time and the XO threatened to cancel liberty for everyone in Hong Kong until it was recovered. Needless to say, it "magically" appeared about an hour later (and it now sits rolled up in my garage...) :rolleyes:

 

No one ever messed with any officer uniforms that I ever encountered...the only thing I ever ran into was the people on my first ship who tried to throw my ship's ballcap away. I was trying to get it to last my full tour and was...ahem..."salty". I just couldn't leave it out of my sight...I had to retrieve it from several trashcans during my time onboard though! Luckily, no one tossed it overboard and I still have it...and it's still salty. :lol: Otherwise, when I'd leave something like a jacket or coffee cup where it shouldn't be, my Sailors would often drop it off at my stateroom, or give me a call to tell me to come get it. I'd do the same for them, so it all worked out pretty well.

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I used to wear an embroidered hat device, but I wasn't really pleased with how it looked after a while. I did have a really nice "minty" WW2 one that I had on the hat I never wore, but I sold it and the hat when I got out of the Navy.

 

I was happier wearing a heavy sterling and gold WW2 vintage hat device...that was good enough to warrant quite a bit of attention.

 

Nice, there are some beauties like that. Thanks, Dave!

 

Justin B.

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  • 8 years later...

It was ten years ago this month that the tiara showed up. A google search for US NAVY TIARA brings up the photo of my wife wearing it. Yesterday we found another one at an estate sale. My sister modeled this one.

 

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The first one is on a blog post from ten years ago and I used to get at least one call year from female officers who wanted to buy it. 

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It looks like the tiara met its official demise 01 Oct 2016, along with the boat cloak/cape:

https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents2/NAV2015/NAV15208.txt

 

"The infrequent use, procurement and low demand requirements of these items precipitated the decision to delete their use as Navy uniform components."

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4 minutes ago, Justin B. said:

It looks like the tiara met its official demise 01 Oct 2016, along with the boat cloak/cape:

https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents2/NAV2015/NAV15208.txt

 

"The infrequent use, procurement and low demand requirements of these items precipitated the decision to delete their use as Navy uniform components."

 

Agh! They got rid of the boat cloak too? Dang...I always wanted one (though I never saw anyone wear one, nor did I know of where to buy one, save for a vintage one). 

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2 hours ago, Dave said:

nor did I know of where to buy one

 

"Cloaks R US?" I used to find them in Coronado every so often but it's been a while. I once I found a Marine senior NCO cape! For those who don't know about Navy Department capes - "boat cloaks" - click the little arrow:

 

 

 

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Too bad they got rid of it, I can't imagine it being required for anything but the more formal of functions. That said it is an interesting piece of military headwear!

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12 hours ago, P-40Warhawk said:

Too bad they got rid of it, I can't imagine it being required for anything but the more formal of functions. That said it is an interesting piece of military headwear!

The only thing the tiara was for was the Dinner Dress uniform.   My sister really wanted one when she made Chief. I’ll have to ask her if she actually got one. 

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